Small Businesses Share How Minnesota’s Small Business Development Centers Helped them Weather the Pandemic
18 Mar 2021
St. Paul – March 17th was national Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Day and Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove and SBDC State Director Bruce Strong engaged in a lively, productive discussion with several small business owners and SBDC advisory board members from across the state.
Business owners related stories about the challenges they’ve faced starting and running businesses both before and during the pandemic. Participants talked about the value of Minnesota’s network of Small Business Development Centers which assisted more than 5,835 Minnesota entrepreneurs and businesses in 2020, providing over 32,900 professional consulting hours at no cost to the businesses.
Governor Tim Walz proclaimed March 17 Minnesota SBDC Day in recognition of the importance of the SBDC’s work to help entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses.